Spurs finally win at home in OT
SAN ANTONIO - Manu Ginobili scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs avoided their fourth overtime loss at home in December, escaping with a 95-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
Ginobili had seven points in overtime, helping the Spurs overcome an early six-point deficit in the extra period.
San Antonio's Tim Duncan had 16 points and 10 rebounds, tying Hall of Famer Karl Malone for fifth in career double-doubles with 814.
Anthony Davis had 21 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans. Ryan Anderson added 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Spurs played five overtime games in December, including consecutive triple-overtime losses to Memphis and Portland at home.
It appeared as if San Antonio was headed for a regulation loss when Davis followed Tyreke Evans' miss with an emphatic dunk, giving New Orleans an 84-82 lead with 0.7 seconds left.
But Duncan sent the game to overtime, tipping in Boris Diaw's inbounds pass at the rim.
Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (hand) and guard Tony Parker (hamstring) missed their 11th and 12th games in a row, respectively.
•DURANT DOMINATES: Kevin Durant scored a season-high 44 points in his return from a six-game absence (ankle) and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame Russell Westbrook's ejection to beat the visiting Phoenix Suns 137-134 in overtime. Westbrook, who scored 20 points, picked up two technical fouls late in the first half. .
•BUCKS TOP CAVS: Brandon Knight scored 26 points and O.J. Mayo had 15 as visiting Milwaukee defeated the undermanned Cavaliers in Cleveland. LeBron James missed his second game in a row because of a sore left knee. Forwards Kevin Love (back spasms) and Shawn Marion (ankle) also sat out. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 25 points.
•CELTICS PUSH KINGS AROUND: Jared Sullinger scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Celtics end a four-game losing streak with a 106-84 victory over the Kings in Boston.
•PACERS RALLY: C.J. Miles scored 25 points and George Hill 20 as the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to beat visiting Miami 106-95. The Pacers have won six consecutive regular-season home games against the Heat. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 20 points while Chris Bosh had 18 points and eight rebounds.
•REDICK LEADS CLIPPERS: J.J. Redick scored 20 points, igniting a 13-0 run with a jumper to open the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat New York 99-78, sending the visiting Knicks to a ninth consecutive loss.